News Watch: April 20

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April 20, 2017

Today’s Topics: Water Action Day, Agriculture & Food, Air Quality, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Earth Day, Oil and Pipelines, Parks and Trails, Transportation, Water, Wildlife & Fish

Water Action Day:
Governor’s Proclamation: April 19th, 2017 is Water Action Day
MinnPost: On Water Action Day, a flood of citizens washes through the Minnesota Capitol
Pioneer Press: Gov. Mark Dayton plans community meetings about water quality
CBS Minnesota: Dayton Calls For Water Quality Boost After GOP Challenge
Winona Daily News: Group heading to St. Paul to support water conservation

Agriculture and Food
Agrinews: Beginning farmers: An answer to the land transition question
MPR News: Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study
Winona Post: County considers 5,360-hog expansion

Air Quality
Lacross Tribune: Lung association gives Coulee region an A in annual State of Air report

Clean Energy
Bemidji Pioneer: Minnesota wind power expands
MPR News: Solar energy disparity emerges among Minnesota schools
Albert Lea Tribune: Residents voice their concerns about wind turbines

Climate Change
Washington Post: Scientists have discovered vast systems of flowing water in Antarctica. And that worries them.

Earth Day
Star Tribune: Scientists plan to march ‘into the streets’ Saturday in Minnesota, across U.S.
Alexandria Echo Press: Join the Earth Day Science Walk

Oil and Pipelines
Winona Daily News: Sand facility gets bad reviews
Bemidji Pioneer: Last stand: Nebraska farmers could derail Keystone XL pipeline

Parks and Trails
Sun Current: Prescribed burns planned for 16 Bloomington park areas

Transportation
Star Tribune: A rally and a call for long-term funding for roads, bridges and transit
Minnesota Daily: Protected bike lanes are coming to UMN campus

Water
Duluth News Tribune: Water walkers to begin journey in Duluth
Austin Daily Herald: Hormel donating items to waste facility
Detroit Lakes Online: No time to ‘waste’: Design on DL’s $34 million wastewater plant is done 

Wildlife & Fish
Minnesota Daily: UMN gets $4.5 million to fight invasive species
Star Tribune: Ladybugs by the tens of thousands being unleashed inside Mall of America
Duluth News Tribune: 15 indicted in SD for trafficking of eagles, other birds
Winona Daily News: Dairyland Power seeks renewal of permit to cross Mississippi River refuge

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